Alfred the Great (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

Alfred the Great (1969)

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While Olde England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the 9th century, Alfred (David Hemmings) is commencing to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his motherland, he puts aside his religious vows to take up arms against the invaders, leading the English Christians to fight for their country. Alfred soundly defeats the Danes and becomes an English hero. But now, although Alfred still longs for the priesthood, he is torn between his passion for God and his lust for blood. After marrying the beautiful Aelhsweth (Prunella Ransome), he gives himself over to his dark side and aggressively rapes his wife. At this point, the Danes return and Alfred must muster the English forces once again for a decisive battle, but he also must battle his conflicting soul. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast

Michael York
as Guthrum
Julian Glover
as Athelstan
Barry Jackson
as Wulfstan
John Rees
as Cuthbert
Alan Dobie
as Ethelred
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All I can say, if this is the true story of Alfred the Great, I'll be a monkey's uncle.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
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